The rule in genealogy is that you move from the known, one step back at a time. In other words, never start from a distant person and try to work your way down. Otherwise, you may end up working for years on the wrong ancestor.
The other thing you can do to be certain you invest your time researching the right family is to be Y-DNA tested. There is a STRAUB/STROUP DNA project that has tested the main southern STROUP families, so you would be able to determine whether you belong to any of them:
Another first step in doing one's genealogy is to interview your relatives -- especially your older relatives, while you still have the chance. Get as many details as possible, that is, not just "stories," but (full) names, dates, and places, especially who married who and who begat who.
And the other first step is finding your family in the 1930 census, so you can work your way backwards from there, census by census (1930 is the most recent census that has been released). I tried to find your father in the 1930 census, but failed; however, this may be an indexing problem. Can you please tell the name of Doyce's father?
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